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Writing Magazine

May 2021
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The saying goes that “everyone has a story in them” and it’s the mission of Writing Magazine to help you get yours out. Brought to you by real experts who know what it takes to improve your writing or get published, this monthly magazine is a must-have for all writers. Whether you write fiction, poetry, drama, children’s books, non-fiction or anything else, each issue features tips, practical exercises and real-life advice, that will not only help you get all that creativity onto the paper but also, get your name and profile out into the industry. With writing masterclasses from professionals, industry news, events listings, competitions where you can submit your work for fantastic prizes and real paid writing opportunities, Writing Magazine has everything you need to hone and improve your talents.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Warners Group Publications Plc
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

We waited as long as we could to put together the Festival Supplement but even two issues later than normal, a lot of festivals are still to firm up their Covid-compromised plans for this year. But we have managed to get a solid idea of which events are going ahead when, on- or offline (or, as I suspect will be the pattern for literary events long after lockdown, a mixture of both). Even if they don’t yet have exact dates or venues, you know where to look when the time comes. I usually suggest you venture further afield and try festivals outside your backyard but this year, you could visit festivals all round the UK without even leaving your backyard, so there really is no excuse not to dabble in…

4 min.
the world of writing

PRESCIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE Prescient US science-fiction author Octavia E Butler, who died in 2006, has been honoured by NASA, who have named the touchdown site of Mars rover Perseverance after her. Butler, the author of the two-volume Earthseed series, was the first African-American woman to win both Hugo and Nebula Awards. Set in the 2020s, 1993’s The Parable of the Sower depicts America descending into chaos because of climate change and lack of equality. It includes the lines: Embrace diversity. Unite – Or be divided, robbed, ruled, killed By those who see you as prey. Embrace diversity Or be destroyed. In the 1998 follow-up, Parable of the Talents, a rightwing, rabble-rousing President promises to ‘make America great again’. Butler’s legacy was explored at this year’s New Suns feminist literary festival at the Barbican,…

8 min.
letters

STAR LETTER Getting better all the time Adam Hughes, I was so grateful to read your letter (Letters, WM, April) this morning. Your advice was very much needed, as I have been feeling particularly despondent of late. Just this week, I participated in a new workshop with experienced and successful writers. Being a ‘newbie’, I was apprehensive about sharing my writing. Then, when the first comment I received began with something like, ‘I think you’ve missed the mark here if I’m honest’, I was hurt. Also, reading through the other workshop submissions, I was overwhelmed with how beautifully crafted and impactful the writing was. I felt disheartened, as though I could never be as good as them. That my writing will never be worthy of publication. I definitely feel mediocre at the moment, but…

4 min.
granting permission

I’m no good at grants. My first rejection came at university. I had applied for funding to top up a dwindling student loan. Several fellow students had been successful – even some who had attended private schools, owned laptops and spent holidays in their parents’ second homes. I was different. I grew up in a low-income, single-parent family, earning my own money from the age of 14 by working in supermarkets and pubs. I inherited a fierce work ethic from my mum, a typesetter by day and freelance proofreader by night, who kept us afloat. I even held on to my Saturday job during my first undergraduate year. While peers were sleeping, rowing, or reading in the Bodleian, I was working the tills at WHSmith. My money was hard-earned and carefully spent. I…

3 min.
from the horse’s mouth

What is perhaps most astonishing about the success of Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is it’s extraordinary longevity. I cannot think of any other book which has managed to be the top seller for two successive Christmasses and as I write this it is number four in the UK Amazon chart and number one in the US. Nearly eighteen months after it was published, that is the kind of long tail which makes publishers very happy indeed. It cannot be underestimated the degree to which huge bestsellers like these underpin the whole of publishing. They are phenomenally lucrative for the author and his agent, but most of all for the publisher. Publishing is enormously front loaded in terms of costs. From editorial – and I know…

7 min.
how to be creative

For many writers, the urge to write is often stymied by the issue of what to write about. Craft is not the same as creativity. As ever, trusting in the muse, in inspiration or in nebulous concepts of talent gets you only so far. Consistency and process are the keys to ceaseless creativity. How can you organise your time and your work so that you’re always coming up with outlets for your writing? Multitask your input Maybe you’re a poet. Or a novelist. Or a blogger. It’s easy to get caught up in your own small corner of creativity and focus only on that. However, creativity is very often a result of cross-fertilisation. Ideas can come from anywhere, but you have to be looking out for them. You’re probably already reading a variety…